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OMA / Jason Long Transforms Former Warehouse into Mixed-Use Arts and Community Venue in Detroit for PASC and Signal Return

OMA /Jason Long revealed its latest adaptive reuse project in Detroit, transforming a former bakery and warehouse into mixed-use art, education and community space. Developed in collaboration with Library Street Collective, the project provides new headquarters for two local non-profits, PASC and Signal-Return, while creating a mix of artist studios, galleries, community-serving retail and gathering spaces. Dubbed “LANTERN”, the development is set to become an “activity condenser.”


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East Village cultural center continues to take shape with two arts-based nonprofits - Maureen Feighan, The Detroit News, 05/03/2022

East Village cultural center continues to take shape with two arts-based nonprofits - Maureen Feighan, The Detroit News, 05/03/2022

Southgate — In a nondescript strip mall about 14 miles south of Detroit, a small group of budding artists gathers in a large, brightly lit studio on a rainy weekday morning to paint and draw.

Spread out at several tables with their heads bent to their work, some work on watercolor paintings. Others use watercolor markers. One draws a black and white flag by hand with a pen. Brightly colored, vibrant paintings and mixed media pieces cover the white walls.

"I like that you get to make your own art and express yourself and how you're feeling," said Jaylin Thomas, 21, of Southgate, holding up a pencil drawing of a medieval-looking building he drew...

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Detroit’s First Gallery Dedicated to Artists with Disabilities to Open May 6 Near Eastern Market - D - Business

The first Detroit gallery dedicated to artists with disabilities will make its debut near Eastern Market on May 6.

The opening exhibit is titled Liberty Realm. Over the next five months artwork from artists with developmental disabilities and mental health needs will be featured in a special gallery taking over the storefront conference center of The Vella Group through a unique philanthropic partnership. 

The artists are part of Services to Enhance Potential (STEP), a major provider of supports and services in Wayne County to those with developmental disabilities and mental health needs. The Vella Group is collaborating with STEP’s Progressive Art Studio Collective (PASC), a program that helps disabled artists advance independent artistic practices and build individual career paths in the art and design fields. PASC supports over 100 artists through three studios in Detroit, Southgate, and Westland...

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PASC on WDIV Detroit Channel 2

PASC on WDIV Detroit Channel 2

PASC was recently featured on WDIV, Detroit's Local NBC news.

Reporter Kim Degiulio visted to our show From Periphery to Center at the Scarab Club and interviewed Jotina Ballard and Jeremy Taylor about their artwork.

Watch the story HERE

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PASC Will Participate In Art Mile

PASC is excited to announce we were selected to participate in the second edition of Art Mile, a citywide arts festival that champions Detroit’s vibrant and diverse arts community through public programs and online exhibitions, taking place June 14 – July 11, 2021.

Starting June 14, Artwork by PASC artists can be purchased through the Art Mile website, alongside well known Detroit galleries

For more information read the Free Press Article below.

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metromode Article on PASC by MJ Galbraith

Artist studios for people with disabilities open in Detroit and Westland


Services to Enhance Potential, or STEP, has developed and launched a new arts program for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities in southeast Michigan. STEP is a Wayne County-based nonprofit that provides support services for people with disabilities and mental health needs.

While they’re largely known for their employment services — linking people with employers, providing job training services, and more — this is a new program for STEP. Dubbed the Progressive Art Studio Collective, or PASC, the arts program aims to not only provide individuals with a creative outlet but a future in the art world, too.

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Progressive Art Studio Collective Launches!

The first art studio will open in January in the STEP Detroit Resource Center, 4700 Beaufait St, Detroit, MI 48207. Our second studio will open in the STEP Western Wayne Resource Center in February, 450 S Venoy Rd, Westland, MI 48186. And we plan to open a third studio in April or May of 2021 in Southgate.
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